Provider Engagement Network
Provider Engagement Network
Sophie Smeeton - Direct Payments Manager

The Direct Payments team support people in all service groups across Devon to commission, employ and sustain resources that enable them to choose the best options that fit their personal budget, defined outcomes and preferred lifestyle choices. The team work collaboratively with Health and Social Care professionals to ensure the success of the person’s own support plan.

The provision of support offered by The Direct Payments team includes:

  • Information and advice
  • Setting up support
  • Money Management
  • Brokerage
  • Recruitment of Personal Assistants
  • Advice about payment of wages, tax and national insurance liabilities and employers liability insurance
  • Risk reduction strategies as appropriate
  • Disclosure and Barring service checks
  • Training
  • Contingency arrangements
  • Monitoring
  • On-going support and trouble shooting